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By Michael Clarkson

During the thoughts of his ladies and confidantes, this biography offers a clean portrait of virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould, detailing his many motivations, goals, quirks, and fears. full of own tales from the folk who have been in detail concerned with the guy, this account indicates how Gould, the world’s maximum pianist within the Fifties and Sixties, used to be richly encouraged by means of, and bared his soul on the keyboard to, the various girls who stirred his hard-to-fetch feelings. lengthy thought of to be an asexual, lonely, and selfish determine, this exposé—by analyzing the main points approximately Gould’s many amorous affairs and the way they affected his existence, song, and filmmaking—presents a different viewpoint on probably the most enigmatic artists of the 20 th century.

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"Fans of Gould will welcome this addition to the canon, which, regardless of its constrained, voyeuristic ambition, is either revealing and respectful." —Library Journal

"[Gould’s] many bittersweet sexual affairs, right here meticulously published and chronicled via Michael Clarkson, make compelling interpreting. The sensual Mr. Gould's Goldberg diversifications weren't completely approximately Johann Sebastian Bach." — Peter C. Newman, journalist and bestselling writer, the following Be Dragons

"[Clarkson] needs to be given credits for doggedness, readability of writing, and enthusiasm." —Quill & Quire

"Already the topic of greater than a dozen books, Gould is much more exciting due to Clarkson's book." —The nationwide Post

"This e-book comprises interesting details you can't simply get anyplace else . . . Gould emerges as extra human, and his remarkable musical achievements develop into all of the extra remarkable." —Winnipeg unfastened Press

"Clarkson indicates himself to be a considerate commentator, delivering the occasional salacious element yet selecting a decidedly respectful voice whilst recounting Gould's amorous, frequently bittersweet liaisons. . . . A clean and interesting examine the human part of genius." —Scene Magazine

"Clarkson is ready to draw the reader into the soul of the only of the main eccentric, delicate and haunted musical geniuses the realm has ever produced. this can be an amazingly particular and good researched ebook that I couldn't placed down." —Liona Boyd, CM, LLD

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He might create a truly particular international deep in the tune, after which invite you to hitch him there. His never-ending help and encouragement gave me the energy and the braveness to delve deeply into that global and turn into a part of that all-encompassing musical adventure. . . . He knew what he sought after, yet I by no means felt stressed — the operative note used to be collaboration. His musical effect was once, after all, huge, immense, yet apparently it didn't stifle my very own expression; rather the opposite, he had the facility to create such an environment of enthusiasm and discovery, that one felt that something was once attainable, and extra very important — possible. ” This was once a unique dating than he had had with Foss, who had collaborated a bit with Gould in filmmaking and radio documentaries, yet no longer along with his track and, in reality, she shuddered at his liberal interpretations of Bach. in spite of the fact that, via his first yr with Roxolana, Gould couldn't or wouldn't enable move of Cornelia. within the fall of 1976, a whole years after Foss had dumped him within the Hamptons, he used to be nonetheless telephoning her from Toronto to ny with hopes of reconciliation, occasionally from the 4 Seasons resort. the next have been handwritten notes that Gould made for himself, detailing a few phone calls to and from Cornelia in past due September 1976. They exhibit Gould’s turning out to be desperation with the connection whereas he was once out and in of health center for a nostril illness. the tv debates pointed out have been the U.S. presidential debates among Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter on September 23, 1976. while a clean area is left, it most probably refers to Cornelia and/or her kin. The letter L. appears to be like to face for Lukas. Quee Wing most probably refers back to the Fosses’ chinese language maid. (1) Thurs nostril challenge at five; ___ agreed to name later so i'll end bankruptcy. (2) Thurs ___ referred to as at app 9:00 (My line busy) (3) “ I “ “ “ “ 9:15; L. made up “out to monitor debates” (4) “ ___ known as at 9:20; stated you probably did are looking to watch debates and i may still name after (5) I did, imm. after; ___became semi-hysterical and acknowledged “have to hold up, I’ll name tomorrow”! “When? three o’clock (“I will be on the hospital”) “Then I’ll hold attempting until eventually i am getting you? Fri. (6b) No name got here. i used to be within the medical institution the afternoon (6) I known as at app. 6:00 and used to be advised by means of Quee Wing that “___were asleep; both ___ or Eliza picked up extension, listened as I left extra, then hung up Sat. (7) referred to as at app. 4:00 this present day. Eliza stated ___ have been out and will be again in approximately 15”. (7a) referred to as at app. 5:30. L. stated you have been out and will be again in approximately 1 hour. (7b) referred to as at 7:30. L. stated you “were asleep and will be in app. 1-half hrs. – i. e. nine o’clock. (7c) known as at 10:15. L. requested even if may well name again in 30 minutes. (7d) known as at 11:35 – L. stated he could “try to get you to call”. The clean areas left for Cornelia’s identify are vital Gould; nowhere within the millions of letters present in his residence was once Cornelia Foss ever pointed out, even if a couple of all-business letters among Gould and her husband Lukas have been stumbled on.

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